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Grace Jones at the Roudhouse
Yesterday we saw Grace Jones for the 2nd time in a year, this time at the Roundhouse. I’ve never been to this venue before, through I’ve seen it many times, when I used to travel back home from London on the train. Unfortunately for me I’ve been suffering recently from ‘flu-like’ symptoms, but there was no way I was going to miss this.

The Roundhouse is one of those annoying venues where drinks are served in plastic beakers. It doesn’t add to the quality of the wine drinking experience, but as the wine quality was not that high in the first place, I guess that should be regarded as a moot point. Whilst we were relaxing before the start of the concert, there was some live music in the bar area. Maybe I was particularly unreceptive yesterday because of being unwell, but I was glad when it finished.

The support act were called Trybez, whose members include the son of Grace Jones. They were actually pretty good. The songs were in a variety of languages, which was apparently a deliberate policy aimed at promoting global harmony. One can’t argue with that.

In the interval the DJ played a re-mix of stuff, primarily from the late 1970s and early 1980s, which included Sylvester and the Tom Tom Club, plus other tracks that sounded familiar but I could not place. It was all very danceable, but what everyone wanted was Grace Jones.

There were a number of false alarms before Grace Jones finally appeared, but when we heard the disembodied voice of Ian McShane announce “Ladies and gentlemen Miss Grace Jones” there was a rousing cheer. Grace started with Nightclubbing, suspended above the stage in a cage, which gradually descended. I’m sure Iggy Pop would have approved.

This concert focussed a little more on the new album than at the RFH (I think the only new songs that were not performed were Corporate Cannibal & I’m Crying), but that was fine as it is a brilliant album. Williams Blood and Devil in my Eyes sounded particularly good live. She also performed older material, including a stomping version of Demolition Man, plus La Vie en Rouse, Libertango, My Jamaican Guy. The concert proper finished with Pull Up to the Bumper, by the end of which quite a few members of the audience had jumped on stage.

There were of course a couple of encores. During Slave to the Rhythm, Grace was twirling a huge hula hoop (not sure why but this was quite impressive), which at the end was around her neck. The last song was Hurricane. As always with the very best of performers, time just seemed to fly by. It was a wonderful concert.

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I want to meet Grace Jones, you're lucky. Have any pictures?

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